Portola Redwoods State Park

DISTANCE:  APPROX. 6-7 Miles

DIFFICULTY:  Moderate

Portola Redwoods has a rugged, natural basin forested with Coast Redwoods, Douglas Firs and Live Oaks.  There are eighteen miles of trails, a 53 site campground, four group campsites and two beautiful creeks, the Pescadero and Peter's Creek, that run throughout the park.

Hike Description:

From Portola State Park Visitors' Center, we'll take the Slate Creek Trail and visit the Old Tree and Page Mill Site along the way.  We'll return via the Summit Trail with a possible visit to TipToe Falls before we return to the Visitors' Center.  Allow 3 1/2 to 4 hours with time for a snack along Slate Creek or at the backpackers' campground.  Expect moderate elevation changes and single-track trails.  Boots and hiking sticks will be helpful.

General Directions to the Park:  From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Road. The road dead ends in the park. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding.  Park across from the Visitors' Center.  Disclaimer! These directions are taken from the State Park website and may not work for everyone.  You can get directions from your point of origination at the following link:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/Lat_Long_Map/?page_id=539.

Carpool: Meet 8:00 AM at 4th Street in Saratoga (Behind the Plumbed Horse Restaurant).  Turn right on 4th Street and it's the parking lot on the left.)

CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS:  [masked], 408/[masked] or 408/[masked], cell phone

 

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  • Roxanne

    Juanita and I had a wonderful time and you picked a great park. Thanks for leading us, Jane.

    July 13

  • Anne N

    Such a beautiful park, and friendly group as always. Thank you Jane for leading this hike.

    July 13

  • Jeff

    Thanks for leading Jane. I love Portola Redwoods. Such a beautiful park and a great day!

    July 12

  • Dawn

    Great company and a beautiful park. Thanks Jane for making this possible.

    July 12

  • becky

    One of my favorite redwood parks. Thank you Jane for hosting!

    July 12

  • Lori T

    Really like this redwood forest. Thanks Jane!

    July 12

  • Judy H

    What a pretty hike, Jane, thank you!

    July 12

  • Lee Ann M.

    Sorry, I got off the wait list too late to go, hope to join you next weekend.

    July 12

  • jane b.

    I will see you at the park, the lot across from the Visitors' Center.

    July 12

  • Tim C.

    Sorry to bail so late: screwed up my foot. I hope someone on the waiting list can make it.

    July 11

  • jane b.

    Carpool location is correct at Saratoga at 8.

    July 11

  • Davina

    Hi. Is the carpool pickup point really in Saratoga? Very convenient for me but doesn't seem all that so for people getting to Portola Valley? Just wondering if somebody pasted the wrong info?

    July 10

  • Lori T

    I will be the Saratoga carpool location at 8 am and can offer a ride to several people.

    July 10

    • Judy H

      Hi Lori - I'll be there at 8:00 and would appreciate a ride:)

      July 10

    • Anne N

      Hi Lori - I would like to carpool with you. I'll be at the parking lot. Thank you.

      July 10

  • Frank

    Just FYI: Los Altos Art & Wine this day:
    138 Main St. Los Altos
    …and less than 10 minutes away from 280 & S. El Monte Ave., where you'll be via Alpine, Page Mill, & S. El Monte Ave. at 280.
    Just a thought...

    July 10

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